Tewksbury Man Arrested After Brief Standoff
TEWKSBURY -- The discovery of a stolen vehicle involved in a high-speed New Year’s Day pursuit across multiple communities led to the arrest of a suspect following a brief standoff at a hotel in Salem, N.H., on Sunday, authorities say.
After several hours of discussions with crisis negotiators at the Park View Inn on South Broadway, 30-year-old Joseph Haynes was taken into custody without further incident, according to a Salem Police Department press release.
Haynes, who has a last known address in Tewksbury, is believed to have been in possession of the vehicle reported stolen out of Florida in November, police said. Salem police Capt. Joel Dolan said Sunday it is unclear if Haynes was the driver involved in the New Year’s Day pursuit. Dolan added that will be part of the ongoing investigation.
Haynes is also a person of interest in a Dec. 30 shooting in Haverhill, police said. He additionally has an active arrest warrant from Florida’s Broward County, according to police.
The dangerous high-speed chase began shortly before 1 p.m. on Jan. 1, when Haverhill police spotted a vehicle thought to be at the scene of a non-fatal Haverhill shooting days before, police said.
The driver of the vehicle fled from Haverhill police and raced onto Interstate 495 southbound. According to emergency radio broadcasts, the driver reached speeds of nearly 100 mph at points as the vehicle passed through Westford, Chelmsford, Lowell and Tewksbury.
State police backed off the suspect vehicle after the driver entered Interstate 93 in Andover, operating in an “extremely aggressive manner,” a state police press release said. The chase led to no injuries, though multiple crashes were caused, according to the release.
The vehicle went missing until Salem police discovered it parked outside the Park View Inn about 9:50 a.m. Sunday, Salem police said. At that time, police said they were able to obtain a photograph of the suspect thought to be in possession of the car -- and believed to be Haynes -- and confirmed he was a guest at the hotel.
“Officers made a contact with the male occupant of the room who refused to identify himself,” police said. “However, several officers were able to observe the male and confirm he was the same male in the picture of the suspect with active warrants.”
Police attempted to speak with Haynes, but he refused to leave the room or confirm who was in the room with him, police said. Following several failed attempts to have the 30-year-old leave the room and “due to the seriousness of his alleged crimes,” the Southern New Hampshire Special Operations Unit was activated.
“After several hours of discussions with the crisis negotiators, the male was taken into custody without further incident,” the release states.
The suspect was positively identified as Haynes, and he was arrested. The 30-year-old is set to be processed on a fugitive from justice charge at a future date, police said.
The case remains under investigation.
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